Catering to your vegetarian foodservice customers is about more than just offering one or two non-meat options. Technomic’s Seafood and Vegetarian Consumer Trend Report shows a clear need for more vegetarian options on foodservice menus. It finds that, “At least twice as many consumers who eat vegetarian or vegan foods cook them at home,” as opposed to seeking vegetarian meals in restaurants. Does your foodservice menu provide enough options to entice these customers?
Meat eaters exploring vegetarian options
You are not just providing more options for your vegetarian guests by expanding your vegetarian foodservice menu. Technomic’s report says 62% of “general-population consumers say they consume meals without beef, pork, chicken or turkey at least once a week.” Additionally, the National Restaurant Association’s 2016 Culinary Forecast lists meatless/vegetarian items as a top 10 trend in the main entrée category, with 22% of chefs polled categorizing them as perennial favorites.
Presenting vegetarian foodservice recipes that entice customers with their own flair and bold flavors appeals to a younger market that is 15% more likely to follow a vegetarian diet than older customers according to Technomic. Entrées like this Mediterranean vegetable tart are more than just meatless versions of standard fare. Your vegetarian foodservice menu can be the star of the show.
Eggs add protein to vegetarian menu items
Eggs are an excellent source of protein for ovo-vegetarians. A protein-packed foodservice recipe solution can be as simple as putting an egg on it. This sunny-side up citrus vegetable salad is a great example. Each egg adds 6g of protein to this California Niçoise salad with hard-boiled eggs.
Vegetarian foodservice menu solutions
An egg-based entrée, such as a frittata, can be an appealing addition to your vegetarian foodservice menu, too. Try this frittata with avocado and corn salsa or these egg, spinach, and sweet pepper mini frittatas for a refreshing presentation of a comfort food classic.
In all your vegetarian foodservice recipes that include eggs, you’ll want to use Davidson's Safest Choice® pasteurized shell eggs. They’re ACF-certified for culinary performance, perfect for any application from raw to fully cooked.
Summer Salad: Put an Egg on It
The menu-success question of the month is two-fold:
1. What salad are you featuring on your summer menu this year?
2. Have you put an egg on it?
A fried egg or poached egg not only adds a luscious dimension to your salad's flavor and texture, now we know an egg on a salad gives your menu feature a nutritional boost, too. Read more in the Davidson's Safest Choice® Foodservice blog >